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Online courses for behavioral health professionals


What is Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH)?

Primary Care Behavioral Health is the practice of mental health and counseling skills translated to the needs, culture, and pace of primary care practices. 

Psychologists, therapists, and social workers are typically trained to be specialists honing-in on one particular aspect of mental health practice and frequently focusing on patients with serious psychological issues.  Primary care teams provide longitudinal care for patient populations presenting the broadest array of physical symptoms and behavioral issues.  Behavioral health practitioners working in integrated primary care settings need to adapt skills and knowledge to face-paced care for complex patients.  To be able to succeed in primary care requires more training, not less.  

How are our online PCBH courses taught?

Our Primary Care Behavioral Health online courses are pre-recorded content collaboratively taught by a faculty of primary care behavioral health clinicians and primary care physicians from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  The curriculum is designed by Alexander Blount, EdD the Center's founding director and a pioneer in the field of behavioral health integration. 

Two Ways to Learn Primary Care Behavioral Health


Full Certificate Course with all curriculum topics

Man holding book and motivating words in balloonsA rigorous orientation for behavioral health clinicians working in primary care settings; 22 modules cover topics from integration models to dealing with substance use.  Videos are conversations between BHCs and physicians working in primary care presenting various points of view. LEARN MORE    


Short Courses in 7 topic areas 

woman's hands typing on laptop'The modules of the Certificate course are repackaged into seven short courses: Creating and Managing an Integrated Practice, Bio-Psycho-Social Treatment, Dealing with Substances and Pain, Pediatrics, Serious Mental Illness, Population Health, and Families, Community and Culture.  Select any of the seven for content focused on your needs. LEARN MORE